More than two-thirds of the world's total cargo is transported across the world's oceans. In addition, thanks to constantly growing offshore wind parks, energy supply is to be ensured without fossil fuels in future. The industries around the world use the potential of the oceans however they are threatened by pirates and terrorists. In addition to the risk of criminal acts, accidents and storms also threaten maritime safety.
It is first and foremost the task of federal and state authorities and agencies to counter the risks in the maritime field. Detailed information is needed to assess the current (emergency) situation and to react accordingly.
It is the objective of the EMSec project to provide information from different sources, e.g. satellite and airplanes, in a combined tool for the end users (authorities). The tool should allow a fast and flexible representation of the combined information.
In order to achieve a result which is applicable in reality, there are a lot of partners from the industry and federal authorities involved in the project.
The key results of the project were presented within a four-day event in September 2016, where different scenarios were demonstrated.
In order to provide an optimal and fast overview of the situation in the cases of e.g. a hijacking of a ferry or the pollution of water with hazardous substances, the partners from science and industry combined several data sources simultaneously: Satellite imagery, camera images from the air, as well as ship signalling messages were integrated into one system and could be bundled and displayed in the control centre. As a result, countermeasures can be taken quickly because the situation is sufficiently known in time.
The EMSEC solution presented for the first time a holistic system from the information generation to the management of the situation. An operator in a control centre can react quickly to maritime situations and, in addition to the partners in his own company, also rely on the support of external facilities.
Findings of the study are published in detail by a final report (German only) which is available only as a print version via the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB):
Articles (German only) about the final demonstration of the projects’ findings are available via the DLR: